Hacking on Fox News Twitter reports Obama’s death

Posted July 04, 2011, at 9:02 p.m.

NEW YORK — Hackers broke into Fox’s political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.

In a statement posted on its website later Monday morning, Fox News called the tweets “malicious” and “false.” It said the hacking is being investigated.

Obama spent the Independence Day holiday at a barbecue at the White House with military families and administration staffers.

The Secret Service said Monday it will investigate the incident.

Fox’s political Twitter account has more than 34,000 followers.

Crews mop up oil on Yellowstone River in Montana

LAUREL, Mont. — The scope of Exxon Mobil Corp.’s oil leak into the Yellowstone River could extend far beyond a 10-mile stretch of the famed waterway, the company acknowledged under political pressure Monday.

As the company intensified its cleanup of tens of thousands of gallons of spilled crude, Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. President Gary Pruessing pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to find and mop up oil from the 12-inch pipeline that broke at the bottom of the river over the weekend.

The company earlier downplayed assertions from state and federal officials that damage from the spill was spread over dozens of miles. That drew sharp criticism from Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who planned to tour the damaged areas Tuesday.

Company officials said their statements were misconstrued, and Pruessing pledged that crews would begin walking the Yellowstone shoreline as soon as the flooding river recedes to look for pooled oil along the banks.

Strauss-Kahn faces new sexual assault complaint

PARIS — A French novelist planned to file a complaint on Tuesday accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, her lawyer said, raising the prospect of a new sex assault investigation starting just as the U.S. case against the former International Monetary Fund chief falters.

The announcement by writer and journalist Tristane Banon, 31, threw Strauss-Kahn’s legal situation in his home country into question, and injected fresh uncertainty into a national debate about whether he will be able to return to his political career and enter France’s 2012 presidential race.

Strauss-Kahn went on the offensive against his French accuser Tuesday evening, saying through his legal team that he planned to file his own criminal complaint of slander against her.

The sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn in New York was badly weakened last week by prosecutors’ publicly expressing doubts about the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex.

Banon said on a 2007 television show that she had been attacked five years earlier by a politician she had interviewed for a book. She later identified the man as Strauss-Kahn.

Lightly guarded Indian temple laden with treasures

NEW DELHI — Statues of gods and goddesses made of solid gold and studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Crowns and necklaces. Gold and silver coins so numerous they were weighed by the sackful, rather than counted. And barely any security, save guards who controlled crowds at the 16th-century Hindu temple that had sealed away the treasures.

The vast treasure trove revealed in recent days instantly turned the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in India. And its value was expected to grow.

The first four vaults inventoried at the temple in Trivandrum, the capital of the southern state of Kerala, held treasures that unofficial estimates peg at $22 billion. The last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years were set for inspection after being opened Monday.

The temple, built by the maharajas who ruled the then-kingdom of Travancore, was controlled by the erstwhile royal family after India’s independence in 1947.

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